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Holocaust denier on trial

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The trial of Ernst Zündel on charges of Holocaust denial and incitement of violence got off to a rocky start this week when the judge dismissed the main defense lawyer. The lawyer was ruled disqualified because he had been convicted of disseminating anti-Semitic propaganda earlier this year; other members of the legal team will take his place. Zündel, 66, is a prominent white supremacist and author of The Hitler We Loved and Why. A German native, he emigrated to Canada when he was in his early 20s, but was recently deported as a national security threat. Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany. If convicted, Zündel faces up to five years in prison.

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